Sarah Blake lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, the poet Josh Weiner, and their two sons. The Postmistress is her second book following Grange House (2001).
This biography was last updated on 02/08/2010.
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Sarah Blake talks about her inspiration for The Postmistress:
A Conversation with Sarah Blake about The Postmistress
What attracted you to this time period, right before the attack on Pearl Harbor?
I played around with when to set the novelat one point I had Will drafted and in the Army and lost horribly in the Bataan Death Marchbut the more research I did on the war I grew more and more interested in this three year period from 1938-1941 when all of Europe was at war, Japan and China were marching to the brink, and we were (officially) neutral. I was interested in the time before it was clear, before it was "the good war," before the full horror of the Holocaustthe things we know nowwas evident. What would that feel like? What would it feel like before our role in history, and in WW2 was a given. Against that I wanted to dramatize Frankie's growing desperation--echoed in so many reports of the time--her desire for her country to pay attention. It seemed to me to resonate with so ...
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